Sooner or later Iran's application for membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will be granted - Anton Kobyakov
Sooner or later Iran's application for membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will be granted; this will happen after the UN Security Council sanctions are lifted from the country, Russian presidential adviser Anton Kobyakov said at a briefing.
"The consideration of the Iranian application is on the agenda. Sooner or later this application will be granted, after the UN Security Council sanctions are lifted," - Kobyakov said.
According to the official, the meeting of the SCO foreign ministers' council in Moscow was the final stage in preparing for the SCO summit and during the meeting a breakthrough decision of principle importance - to begin the acceptance procedure on India and Pakistan - was made.
"It is expected that the start of the organization expansion will be announced at the summit due to take place in Ufa," - Kobyakov said.
On July 2 the SCO secretariat received Egypt's application for partnering state status, Kobyakov said.
As of now, there are eleven applications to join the SCO and participate in its work, he said.
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